Mike Neu (baseball)
Michael David Neu (born March 9, 1978) is the head baseball coach of the California Golden Bears baseball team, having been named to the position prior to the 2018 season. Neu is a former Major League Baseball pitcher for the Oakland Athletics and Florida Marlins.
|California Golden Bears|
|Born: March 9, 1978|
|April 9, 2003, for the Oakland Athletics|
|Last MLB appearance|
|June 11, 2004, for the Florida Marlins|
|Earned run average||3.72|
Early life and college careerEdit
Raised in Napa, California, Neu attended Vintage High School where he set Monticello Empire League records for career wins (21) and strikeouts (196). As a senior in 1996 he was first-team All-State, All-Region and MEL Player of the Year with a 10-1 record, a 0.64 ERA and 121 strikeouts in 77.0 innings. Neu was also MEL Player of the Year as a junior. Neu earned a master's degree in Physical Education from Ball State University in 2011.
As a player at the University of Miami, Neu had a stellar 1999 campaign and helped the Hurricanes capture the College World Series title with a 6-5 victory over Florida State University in the championship game. He finished the year 3-1 with a 2.94 ERA and tallied 110 strikeouts in 67.0 innings, earning Collegiate Baseball All-America honors. Neu led the nation in strikeouts per nine innings (14.8) and was selected to the All-College World Series team with three saves and appearances in all four of Miami's games at the CWS. Neu had transferred to Miami from Sacramento City College where in 1998 he was the Northern California Pitcher of the Year, the Bay Valley Conference Pitcher of the Year and a Junior College All-American while going 15-0 with a 1.44 ERA and 139 strikeouts in 108.0 innings. He was named MVP of the 1998 Cal State Championship Final Four after throwing 11.0 innings with no earned runs and notching a win and a save in the state tournament.
Drafted out of the University of Miami in the 29th round of the 1999 Major League Baseball Draft by the Cincinnati Reds. Neu spent 4 years in the Reds' organization making his way up to Triple-A, before he was claimed in the 2002 Rule 5 Draft by the Oakland Athletics. Neu played 32 games for the Athletics in 2003 and had a 3.64 ERA. On December 13, 2003, he was traded to the Florida Marlins with Bill Murphy for Mark Redman. In 2004, Neu played for the Triple-A Albuquerque Isotopes, but struggled with a 6.57 ERA. In spring training 2005, he was released by the Marlins and on April 6, he signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Neu did not appear in an MLB game for the Dodgers and became a free agent after the season.
Neu was the head baseball coach at Diablo Valley College (DVC) from 2009 to 2011, leading his team to an 87-41 mark (.680) with two Big 8 Conference titles in three years. His 2011 squad was ranked No. 1 in Northern California and his pitching staff led all the California Community Colleges with a 2.13 team ERA. Prior to taking over the reins at DVC, Neu was the team's pitching coach for two seasons. Additionally, he spent time as an associate scout for both the Kansas City Royals and the Atlanta Braves before moving into the coaching ranks.
In four seasons as the pitching coach at the University of California, Berkeley from 2012 to 2015, Neu helped shape the Bears' pitching staff into one of the stronger units in the Pac-12 Conference as the Bears finished fourth in the conference in ERA in 2015 with a team ERA of just 3.03. With Neu's pitchers leading the way, the Bears pushed their way into the top-25 during the year and made their way to the finals of the Texas A&M Regional in the NCAA Tournament.
Neu left Cal to become head coach at University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, where he served for two seasons. On July 5, 2017, Neu was named head coach at Cal, taking over for the 2018 season.
Head coaching recordEdit
|Pacific Tigers (West Coast Conference) (2016–2017)|
|California Golden Bears (Pac-12) (2018–present)|
|2019||California||32–20||17–11||4th||0–2 (NCAA Regionals)|
Postseason invitational champion
- "Mike Neu Bio". Cal Athletics.
- "A Neu Era For Pacific Baseball - Pacific Hires Mike Neu As New Skipper". Pacific Athletics. July 20, 2015.
- "Mike Neu Named Baseball Head Coach". Cal Athletics. July 5, 2017.